Choosing a College: Claremont McKenna College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College accomplishes what few liberal arts colleges even attempt. By offering a liberal arts education that specializes in economics and political science, CMC prepares students to enter careers in business, government, and other leadership professions. That’s why you’ll find such unique majors as economics & engineering; environment, economics & politics; and science management. Even faculty research interests embrace this notion of responsible citizenship. Approximately 75 percent of students conduct research with faculty on topics as diverse as human rights, entrepreneurship, and political philosophy & freedom. Every Monday through Thursday, guest speakers enlighten students through talks and/or performances at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. This past fall, students heard from George Will (journalist and political commentator), Rebecca Erbelding (curator at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) and Chaun Webster (poet and graphic designer). Forty-five percent of CMC’s 1,300 undergraduates study abroad, while nearly one-third of students graduate with a dual or double major. CMC even coordinates Sponsored Internships & Experiences, making it that much easier for first and second year students to land funded 4-12 week summer internships. Admissions tip: on-campus interviews are available for juniors beginning May 1st. You can schedule them at!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.